The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of the Alabama Baptist convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries (IMB, NAMB, ERLC)
- It presents a unified and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
- It provides a long‐term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church budgets, it provide consistency and stability.
- It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that “we can do more together than alone.”
- The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced strategy.
- It levels the playing field, and makes a place at the table for all churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel.
The History of the Cooperative Program
Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission —the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the “societal” approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns, and frequent emergency appeals which greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptist. Some entities took out loans to cover operating costs until pledges or special offerings were received.
In 1919, the leaders of the SBC proposed the 75 Million Campaign, a five‐year pledge campaign that, for the first time, included everything – the missions and ministries of all the state conventions as well as that of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though falling short of its goals, a God‐given partnership of missions support was conceived – The Cooperative Program. Since its launch in 1925, the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program has been dependent upon individuals, churches, state conventions, and SBC entities cooperating, working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person on the planet.
Ministry Assistants –
toll free 1-800-264-1225, ext. 304
Free Cooperative Program Resources such as bulletin inserts, informational brochures, video clips, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, children’s resources, missionary moments, and other promotional materials are available at CooperativeProgramResources.org.
- What the Cooperative Program Provides
- How the Cooperative Program Works
- All for One and One for All
- The Gift
These and all free resources on our Cooperative Program Resources website
The second Sunday in October is set aside to educate Southern Baptists on the ongoing worldwide crisis of starvation and hunger. Offering received through the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund is distributed through the SBC’s North American Mission Board and International Mission Board to fund hunger ministries throughout the world.
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Your gifts through the Cooperative Program last year:
Supported over 9,000 missionaries.
Helped Alabama Baptists baptize 21,789 people.
Exposed more than 44,000 college students to the Gospel through Baptist Campus Ministries.
And much more!
Your 2014 Cooperative Program Budget Dollar Distribution
Actual 2015 percentages are:
- Shared Ministries (SBC and Alabama) 10%
- SBC Ministries 43.5%
- SBOM Ministries 22.1%
- Alabama Baptist Entities Ministries 24.4%
Your church’s gifts through the Cooperative Program are distributed according to this formula as approved by the messengers at the Alabama Baptist Convention.
For a detailed accounting of where your church’s 2014 gifts went or for a copy of the current shared ministries budget call Jim Swedenburg direct at 334-613-2283, toll free at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.